Jason Welch – New Coach At Loyola Academy in Illinois

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Jul 312015
 
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JASON WELCH (NORTHWESTERN/LAS LOMAS HS, NC)

 

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It is a great pleasure to announce that the New Head Wrestling Coach of the Loyola Academy Wrestling Program will be, Jason Welch.  Anyone who truly calls themselves a fan of the sport of wrestling knows who Jason Welch is. 3-time All-American, NCAA Finalist and the face of the Northwestern Wildcats for the past several years. Yes, that Jason Welch is the New Head Wrestling coach of the Loyola Ramblers wrestling program. In high-school, Jason was a 3-time state champion finishing with a career record of 194-7, with a 119 consecutive win streak, and was the Top Recruit in the entire country coming out of high school. Jason has been helping coach summer camps and clinics at Loyola for the past few years and has grown a passion for working with the high school wrestlers. He is passionate about the sport of wrestling (as you could imagine) and excited to share his techniques and strategies and lead the program in greatness. The Loyola wrestling community is very excited for Jason Welch to take over as the new head wrestling coach!

TCW Wrestler & Team of the Week

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Jul 292015
 
EVAN WICK (San Marino HS, S) JUNIOR FS ALL-AMERICAN (finalist)

EVAN WICK (San Marino HS, S) JUNIOR FS ALL-AMERICAN (finalist)

TCW Wrestler of the Week – Evan Wick – San Marino High School (S)

What a prodigious weekend the rising Junior Evan Wick out of San Marino High had. Evan was not anticipated to advance so deep in the tournament according to many national wrestling outlets. However, with the help of the California USA Wrestling staff, and his Titan Mercury Coaches Mo Mora and Olympian John Azevedo, Wick bulldozed his way into the 152 lbs. final with wins over the No. 1 ranked wrestler in the nation at the time – Hayden Hidlay of team Pennsylvania (14-13) and the No. 4 ranked wrestler, Griffin Parriott of team Minnesota via a pin (5:46) to finish in the runner-up position. Evan’s wrestling style had all the college coaches in attendance in awe as they gazed on his run to the finals of the tournament.

Due to his great performance at USA Wrestling Junior Nationals, Evan has been selected as this week’s TCW Wrestler of the Week.

 

2015 Junior Women's Freestyle National Champions

TEAM CALIFORNIA – 2015 Junior Women’s Freestyle National Champions

TCW Team of the Week – California Junior Women’s Team

California’s women’s Junior National Team deserves this award and many more for their extraordinary achievement at the USA Wrestling Junior Freestyle National Tournament. With 29 of its members gathering All-American honors and two National Champions in Sariyah Jones (105 lbs.) and Gracie Figueroa (117 lbs.), the team showed the rest of the country why they’re the best when it comes to women’s wrestling. Team California outscored second placed New York by 78 points to claim their sixth consecutive National Title. Team California wasn’t done dominating the competition. The following day, Team California won the Freestyle Junior Duals by winning Pool “A” with wins over New England (44-13), Texas (56-1) and New York (51-7) to advance to the semifinals of the Gold Pool. Once in the Gold Pool they defeated Texas (38-14) and New York (43-11) to claim the National Dual Tournament.

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Gracie Figueroa (Selma High) and Sariyah Jones (Enoch High)

Congratulations to all the young ladies that participated in the event and helped California become National Champions.

Buchanan and Vacaville to Attend The Clash XIV

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Jul 282015
 

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According to the Clash website http://www.clashmn.com/ Buchanan and Vacaville High will be attending the event that is scheduled to take place January 1-2, 2016. Buchanan High finished the regular season ranked No. 7 by FloWrestling and No. 12 by Intermat.
Buchanan had a phenomenal 2014-2015 season that included placing 4th in the CIF state tournament as a team, and having D.J Lloren win an individual state championship at 120 lbs. Nine varsity wrestlers from the Bears will be back for the 2015-2016 season. Buchanan is one of the favorites to dethrone cross town rival – Clovis High – from winning their sixth consecutive CIF state tournament.
Vacaville High has been attending The Clash Tournament since its creation in 2003. Their best showing in the tournament was in 2014 when they won the Third Bracket and finished 9th overall in the tournament. However, many individuals have gotten All-Tournament Team due to their great wrestling in the event. These honor with All-Clash Tournament are – Brett Sloan (2003), John Anthony Fracchia (2004), Kyle Dubs (2004), Jon Feld (2004), Anton De Leon (2004), Kody Klaus (2005), Clayton Jack (2005), Kody Klaus (2008), Johnny Schupp (2011), Kasey Klaus (2012), Chris Lai (2012), Gionn Peralta (2014), and Jeramy Sweany (2014).

 

 

 

ZAHID VALENCIA NAMED 2015 ASICS HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLER OF THE YEAR.

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Jul 282015
 
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ZAHID VALENCIA – St. John Bosco (S) 2015 ASICS High School Wrestler of the Year

The TCW congratulates St. John Bosco’s Zahid Valencia for being chosen the 2015 ASICS High School Wrestler of the Year. He joins fellow Californian’s Lawrence Jackson (Santa Monica – 1986) and Morgan McIntosh (Calvary Chapel – 2011) with this distinguished honor.

ASICS Boys High School Wrestler of the Year
1986 – Lawrence Jackson, California
1987 – Dan Knight, Iowa
1988 – Alan Fried, Ohio
1989 – Adam Mariano, New York
1990 – Ray Brinzer, Pennsylvania
1991 – Scott Schluchter, Oklahoma
1992 – Cary Kolat, Pennsylvania
1993 – Joe Williams, Illinois
1994 – Oscar Wood, Oregon
1995 – Sean Hage, Georgia
1996 – David Kjeldgaard, Iowa
1997 – Kenny Cox, Oregon
1998 – T.J. Hill, Missouri
1999 – Damion Hahn, New Jersey
2000 – Jesse Jantzen, New York
2001 – Steven Mocco, New Jersey
2002 – Zack Esposito, New Jersey
2003 – Roger Kish, Michigan
2004 – Dustin Schlatter, Ohio
2005 – Troy Nickerson, New York
2006 – Henry Cejudo, Colorado
2007 – Cody Gardner, Virginia
2008 – Jason Chamberlain, Utah
2009 – David Taylor, Ohio
2010 – Logan Stieber, Ohio
2011 – Morgan McIntosh, California
2012 – Taylor Massa, Michigan
2013 – Kyle Snyder, Maryland
2014 – Chance Marsteller, Pennsylvania
2015 – Zahid Valencia, California

FULL STORY

http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Wrestling/Features/2015/July/23/Valencia-and-Alo-named-ASICS-Wrestlers-of-the-Year

HISTORY OF CALIFORNIA ASICS HIGH SCHOOL ALL-AMERICANS

http://thecaliforniawrestler.com/asics-all-americans/

Victor Valley Junior College to Reinstate their Wrestling Program

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Jul 272015
 

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Coach Scott Seeley (Photo courtesy of Victor Valley College)
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Victorville, CA – In 2004, Scott Seeley took over the Rams wrestling team with the optimism of building a power in the Desert area. With such strong high school wrestling teams near the college like –  Hesperia, Sultana, Apple Valley, Granite Hill, Oak Hills, Victor Valley and many more, the future looked promising for Coach Seeley and staff. On Seeley’s first season as a head coach, he was able to help Bryan Baker (174 lbs.) become an All-American by placing fourth in the event.

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2010 State Champion Victor Lopez
In 2007, Seeley helped Brandon McKnight (141 lbs.) become the first finalist for him and the second All-American in his young coaching career. Things really began to look upward for the Rams in 2010 when as a team they placed 10th in the state and had two All-Americans. Eric Lopez (157 lbs.) became the first National Champion for Coach Seeley; his other All-America was Cheyne Cook (285 lbs.) who placed fourth in the tournament. Lopez received the Most Outstanding Wrestler award for the 2010 season after his dominating performance in the state tournament.

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2011 State Champion Ryan McWatters with Coach Seeley
In 2011 Ray Delgado (125 lbs.) and Ryan McWatters (174 lbs.) became the fifth and sixth All-American for Coach Seeley after both wrestlers won the consolation finals. With all the success Coach Seeley was having during his tenure at Victor Valley, fans were expecting more great things out of the wrestling team for the time ahead.
 No Wrestling Team In 2014
In 2014, Coach Seeley received the devastating news that shocked the Victor Valley wrestling squad and the rest of the California Community College Athletic Association members, when it was told that the Rams were not going to participate in the 2014 season due to lack of interest by the student body. The news prompted Coach Seeley to take matters into his own hands and help keep the Victor valley team alive and ready to compete in the 2015 season.
Coach Seeley said interested wrestlers should contact him immediately at 760-524-2568 so that they can take a physical and get enrolled in classes.
“I genuinely want to fill the room,” Coach Seeley said. “Last year was a tough year for us. It won’t happen again.”
The Community College wrestling season is set to begin September 12.

All-Americans and Place winners for Victor Valley from 2004-2013                                                

Bryan Baker (174 lbs.) All-American -2004
John Lee (149 lbs.) 8th-2004
Carl Riding (125 lbs.) 7th – 2006
Brandon McKnight (141 lbs.) All-American -2007
Jeff Jones (275 lbs.) 5th -2008
Ray Bowen (141 lbs.) -7th 2008
Tim Quigg (125 lbs.) 7th -2008
Reggie Rubio (133 lbs.) 8th – 2009
Cheyne Cook (285 lbs.) All-American -2010
Eric Lopez (157 lbs.) First state champion -2010
Jimmy Araiza (149 lbs.) 8th -2010
Ryan McWatters (174 lbs.) All-American -2011
Ray Delgado (125 lbs.) All-American -2011
Ryan McWatters (174 lbs.) National Champion -2012

 

Official Rob Roy Awarded With The Dick Riggle Award

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Jul 272015
 

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Mr. Rob Roy Being Presented With The Dick Riggle Award
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Fargo, ND – The 2015 USA Wrestling National Tournament has concluded and has been written in the record books to be preserved for future generations to enjoy. Over 4, 700 plus wrestlers from across the country as wells as Puerto Rico and the Department of Defense school in Europe, were represented in this outstanding event. One of our own preeminent officials in the Golden State – Rob Roy – was acknowledged at the Cadets National tournament in Fargo this year by receiving the “Dick Riggle Award”.  This award is presented by the US Wrestling Officials Association as the Cadets National Outstanding Official.
“It was a great honor to be chosen as the top official at Fargo for Cadet Freestyle and Greco-Roman,” said Rob Roy
The native from New Jersey was first introduced to the sport of wrestling in the fall of 1972 after watching Richard Sanders (57 kg.), Dan Gable (68 kg.), Wayne Wells (74 kg.), John Peterson (82 kg.), Ben Peterson (90 kg.) and Chris Taylor (100-plus kg.) do so well at the 1972 Games of the XX Olympiad in Munich, West Germany.
“I relocated from New Jersey to California in 1972. I was 4’11” and the eight-foot baskets from my east coast junior high were suddenly ten feet high in California. I hadn’t grown with the game, so wrestling seemed like a safe choice.”
Since the 70’s, Rob has competed and officiated many high school wrestling events. As a competitor, Rob was a match away from gathering All-American honors in collegiate wrestling. Family duties made Rob stepped away from the sport that he loved the most for a bit. Nevertheless, after a brief hiatus from wrestling, Rob came back to California USA Wrestling in 1995. Since then, Rob has officiated many local, state and regional events like the Central Section Masters, Doc Buchanan Tournament, and the first four CIF Girls State Championships. In the national scene, Rob has officiated 19 different National Championships and about eighth USA Wrestling Fargo Championships.  Congratulations Rob Roy, we in California are so honored to have you represent the Golden State with nobility and class.

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Mr. Roy Officiating A Wrestling Match

 

Junior Division Freestyle Nationals – TEAM CA PRODUCES THREE FINALIST/7 ALL-AMERICANS

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Jul 262015
 

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TEAM CALIFORNIA – JUNIOR FREESTYLE ALL-AMERICANS ’15
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Fargo, NDTeam California finished the 2015 USA Wrestling Junior Freestyle Nationals with a total of seven All-Americans and in sixth place in the team standings. Liam Cronin of Servite High (106 lbs.), Navonte Demison of Bakersfield High (126 lbs.) and Evan Wick of San Marino High (152 lbs.) were the lone finalists for Team California.
The first Cadet Freestyle National finalist for Team California was Servite Friar and CIF state finalist at 106 pounds, Liam Cronin. It was not going to be an easy assignment for Liam to try and win a National Title over the Illinois wrestler, Louis Hayes. You see, earlier this week, Hayes had won the Greco-Roman Junior Division with ease. In fact, prior to competing in the 2015 National Tournament, Hayes had previously been a five-time USA Wrestling Fargo All-American in the Junior and Cadet Divisions. During the course of the tournament, Louis Hayes toyed around with all the competitors he met as he won five matches via tech fall and one by a pin in 3:00. Louis Hayes defeated Liam Cronin (10-0) in the finals to become a Double Fargo National Champion.

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Liam Cronin – Servite High (SS)
The second finalist for Team California was Bakersfield Driller and CIF state finalist at 120 pounds, Navonte Demison. Navonte became the second member of the Demison family to place at Fargo Nationals. Navonte’s older brother, Natrelle a current collegiate wrestler for the Air Force Academy, placed twice in the Freestyle Cadet Division in 2009 (7th at 119 lbs.) and in 2010 (5th at 130 lbs.). Navonte was considered the dark horse wrestler going into his final’s match versus the three-time Division I finalist from the Buckeye state, Austin Assad. Assad was a returning 2014 Junior Freestyle National Champion and one of the favorites to win the event once again. Unfortunately, Austin Assad defeated Navonte Demison (13-2) to become a two-time USA Wrestling Junior Freestyle National Champion.

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Navonte Demison – Bakersfield High (CS)
The final hope for Team California to earn an individual National Championship was Evan Wick of San Marino High at 152 lbs. The rising junior, redeem himself by getting to the finals of this event in dominant fashion after going 1-2 in the tournament last year. Evan began his quest of being a National Champion by defeating two-time Nebraska state champion, Zemua Baptista (12-0) in the third round. In the fourth round, Evan defeated the No. 1 wrestler in the nation according to FloWrestling in Hayden Hidlay of Team Pennsylvania (14-13) with a late takedown in the closing seconds of the match to ensure him a spot in the quarterfinals. Evan took care of business in the quarterfinals when he defeated 2014 USA Wrestling Cadet Freestyle All-American, Austin Hiles of Team Ohio (10-0) to punch his ticket to the semifinals of the tournament. In the semifinals of the tournament, Evan met the No. 4 ranked wrestler in the nation by Flowrestling in Griffin Parriott of Team Minnesota. Someone forgot to send Evan a memo that he was facing a highly touted wrestler as he pinned Griffin in 5:46. Lamentably, Evan lost to Minnesota Gopher recruit, Larry Early (12-8) to settle for the runner-up spot at 152 pounds.

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Evan Wick – San Marino High (SS)
Evan’s high school teammates Zander Wick (145 lbs.) and Luke Troy (152 lbs.) were likewise able to garner All-American honors in the event for Team California. Zander lost his first match by regular decision (5-4) to Leonard Merkin of Team New York. Despite the lost, Zander managed to win eight consecutive matches to gain All-American honors. His other defeat in the tournament came at the hands of Max Thomsen of Team Iowa (12-2). Zander and Thomsen are well familiar with each other as both met in the month of April during the finals of the Cliff Keen Folk Style National Tournament. Zander and Evan became All-Americans for the first time in this event this year. Sophomore sensation Luke Troy, showed the nation, why he is considered one of the best wrestlers in the Golden State this weekend at 152 pounds. Coming on to the quarterfinals, Luke had the hard task of facing the No. 2 wrestler in the nation in Austin Kraisser of Team Maryland, a very skilled wrestler with a great wrestling resume. During the match with Kraisser, Luke Troy managed to control the pace of the match and get the (10-4) win to advance to the semifinals of the tournament. In the semifinals, Luke ran into a wall in Larry Early of Team Illinois and lost (11-4). Luke took no pity on his consolation semifinal opponent as he defeated the No. 12 wrestler in the nation, Wyatt Sheets of Team Oklahoma (14-4) to advance to the third place match where he met Hayden Hidlay of Team Pennsylvania. Hidlay defeated Luke troy (11-0) and placed third in the tournament.

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Zander Wick and Luke Troy of San Marino High
The last All-Americans for Team California were Darryl Aiello of De La Salle High and Christian Ayala of Pacifica High at 220 pounds. Both athletes met in the fifth place bout where Ayala defeated Aiello (10-6) to take fifth place in the tournament.

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 Christian Ayala and Darryl Aiello

TEAM CALIFORNIA – 2015 ALL-AMERICANS

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Jul 262015
 

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106 – LIAM CRONIN (Servite HS, S) DOUBLE JUNIOR ALL-AMERICAN

The TCW congratulates all TEAM CALIFORNIA Fargo All-Americans for 2015.

*DOUBLE ALL-AMERICAN

TEAM CALIFORNIA - CADET GRECO-ROMAN ALL-AMERICANS

TEAM CALIFORNIA – CADET GRECO-ROMAN ALL-AMERICANS

CADET GRECO-ROMAN ALL-AMERICANS
106 – IZZAK OLEJNIK – 6TH PLACE
113 – MASON HARTSHORN – 7TH PLACE
126 – PATRICK RAMIREZ – NATIONAL CHAMPION
145 – PEYTON OMANIA – 2ND PLACE
145 – MICHAEL ZARAGOZA – 8TH PLACE
195 – BONIFCACIO ESCOBAR – 6TH PLACE
195 – DANNY SALAS – 8TH PLACE*
220 – JAKE LEVENGOOD – 7TH PLACE
285 – GAVIN NYE – 2ND PLACE*

CADET FREESTYLE ALL-AMERICANS
195 – DANNY SALAS – 7TH PLACE*
285 – GAVIN NYE – 5TH PLACE*

2015 JUNIOR GRECO-ROMAN ALL-AMERICANS

TEAM CALIFORNIA – JUNIOR GRECO-ROMAN ALL-AMERICANS

JUNIOR GRECO-ROMAN ALL-AMERICANS
106 – LIAM CRONIN – 3RD PLACE*
106 – OSCAR NELLIS – 8TH PLACE
113 – RANDON MIRANDA – 5TH PLACE
132 – NATE CERVANTEZ – 5TH PLACE
145 – JOSHUA CORTEZ – 5TH PLACE
195 – DAVIT STEPANYAN – 6TH PLACE
220 – CRISTIAN AYALA – 5TH PLACE*

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TEAM CALIFORNIA – JUNIOR FREESTYLE ALL-AMERICANS ’15

JUNIOR FREESTYLE ALL-AMERICANS

106 – LIAM CRONIN – 2ND PLACE*
126 – NAVONTE DEMISON – 2ND PLACE
145 – ZANDER WICK – 5TH PLACE
152 – EVAN WICK – 2ND PLACE
152 – LUKE TROY – 4TH PLACE
220 – CRISTIAN AYALA – 5TH PLACE*
220 – DARRYL AIELLO – 6TH PLACE

CADET NATIONAL TEAM CHAMPIONS

TEAM CALIFORNIA – CADET NATIONAL TEAM CHAMPIONS

2015 CADET WOMEN’S ALL-AMERICANS
95 – DIONA FREITAS – 4TH PLACE
95 – NIKKI MAE SUMAGANG – 5TH PLACE
95 -TRINA NGUYEN – 8TH PLACE
101 – ALLEIDA MARTINEZ – NATIONAL CHAMPION
101 – TRINITY OREDINA – 8TH PLACE
108 – VICTORIA BORREGO – 4TH PLACE
115 – GRACIE FIGUEROA – NATIONAL CHAMPION*
115 – NGUYET TRAN – 5TH PLACE
115 – ALYSSA ACEVAL – 6TH PLACE*
132 – CASSANDRA OLIVE – 2ND PLACE*
132 – JENNA GARCIA – 5TH PLACE
143 – TAEA REGUA – 7TH PLACE
154 – KYLIE BAKER – 3RD PLACE
154 – DEIDRA VALLES – 6TH PLACE
154 – MARLENE SALINAS – 7TH PLACE
172 – TANIA SANCHEZ – 2ND PLACE
198 – KATELYN BLANCHARD – 3RD PLACE*

2015 Junior Women's Freestyle National Champions

TEAM CALIFORNIA – Junior  Women’s Freestyle National Champions

JUNIOR WOMEN’S ALL-AMERICANS
97 – HIBA SALEM – 7TH PLACE
97 – DIONA FREITAS – 8TH PLACE
105 – SARIYAH JONES – NATIONAL CHAMPION
105 – ALEEAH GOULD – 2ND PLACE
112 – BRITTANY WYNN – 5TH PLACE
112 – LAUREN MASON – 7TH PLACE
117 – GRACIE FIGUEROA – NATIONAL CHAMPION*
117 – ALYSSA ACEVAL – 4TH PLACE*
117 – LAYLANI ALLEN – 7TH PLACE
117 – TIANA JACKSON – 8TH PLACE
121 – RICKI LIANG – 2ND PLACE
121 – DELILAH HOUCK – 7TH PLACE
125 – GABRIELLE GARCIA – 2ND PLACE
125 – MIA DOW – 7TH PLACE
125 – JULISSA TAITANO – 8TH PLACE
130 – JENNA GARCIA – 5TH PLACE
130 – ISMILEYNA VALLES – 7TH PLACE
130 – CASSANDRA OLIVE – 8TH PLACE*
139 – RACHEL BUTLER – 6TH PLACE
148 – SOLIN PIEARCY – 5TH PLACE
159 – NICOLE DIAZ – 3RD PLACE
159 – OPHELIA LARA – 5TH PLACE
172 – SYDNIE THEISEN – 2ND PLACE
172 – KENDALL REUSING – 3RD PLACE
172 – CELYCIA SANDOVAL – 7TH PLACE
198 – VICTORIA ESPINOZA – 2ND PLACE
198 – KATELYN BLANCHARD – 6TH PLACE*
198 – LEILI LEMMONS – 8TH PLACE

TEAM CHAMPIONS/DUAL MEET CHAMPIONS

PAST TEAM CALIFORNIA ALL-AMERICANS

http://thecaliforniawrestler.com/ca-fsgr-all-americans/

Thirteen CA Wrestlers Still In Position To Gain All-American Honors In The Junior Division

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Jul 242015
 

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Fargo, ND – The biggest and toughest tournament in the country is in its final stages of the competition. The Golden state has seven wrestlers in the championship bracket that could eventually end up as National Champions Saturday afternoon. Below, are the names of the members from Team California and their opponents, they are scheduled to meet up today.
Championship Bracket
106 lbs. Liam Cronin (Sevite High) versus. Drew Schafer (New York)
*Underclassmen Drew Schafer placed third in New York’s Division II state tournament at 99 lbs. last season. Schafer wrestled most of the season with a bit of pain after dislocating and breaking the middle finger of his right hand in November. Surgery was required to fix it, but he was able to delay it until after the season.
113 lbs. Randon Miranda (Quartz Hill High) versus. Jaxon Cole (Utah)
*Cole out of Utah is a proficient Greco-Roman wrestler that has acquired All-American honors at Fargo twice. Furthermore, he is an accomplished Folk Style wrestler that has acquired the state tournament in Division II in back-to-back years.
126 lbs. Navonte Demison (Bakersfield High) versus. Michael Doetsch (Maryland)
*Michael Doetsch is a veteran of the national circuit. Back in 2012, he was the Cadet Freestyle runner-up at 88 lbs. During the 2014-2015 wrestling season, he achieved All-Prep honors by placing four at the National Prep tournament.
152 lbs. Luke Troy (San Marino High) versus. Matthew Malcolm (Iowa)
*Matthew Malcolm had a huge win yesterday evening when he defeated fellow teammate and state champion Chase Straw, 12-12 via criteria to move forward to the next round. Malcolm will strive and maintain the momentum going by knocking out Luke from the championship bracket.
152 lbs. Evan Wick (San Marino High) versus. Hayden Hidlay (Pennsylvania)
*This match should be a great one as two top 10 wrestlers in the nation at 152 pounds will meet up. Hidlay is the # 1 wrestler in the country according to Flo rankings while Wick is ranked # 10. Hidlay was successful in winning the Greco-Roman tournament and is looking to add a Freestyle National Championship to his already accomplish wrestling resume.
220 lbs. Christian Ayala (Pacifica High) versus. Rylee Streifel (Minnesota)
*Rylee Streifel is a skilled wrestler from Minnesota who gather All-American accolades last year in the Junior Division. This ought to be an interesting matchup as both styles of wrestling from the athletes are similar.
220 lbs. Darryl Aiello (De La Salle High) versus. Wyatt Silvis (Idaho)
*Silvis doesn’t have a strong wrestling resume like, Aiello. Expect this match to be quick as Aiello is head and shoulders better than his adversary.
Consolation Bracket
106 lbs. Oscar Nellis (Rancho Buena Vista High) versus. Henry Cox (Oregon)
*Junior, Henry Cox is a two-time Division 6A state third place finisher in Oregon. Last year he wrestled at Fargo where he held a record of 2-4 while competing in Freestyle and Greco-Roman.
113 lbs. Chance Rich (Valencia High) versus. Jay Maxville (Kansas)
*Recent graduate, Jay Maxville, is a strong individual that will try to overwhelm, Chance Rich to become a Fargo All-American for the first time. Maxville finished six in the Division 6A state tournament this past season.
120 lbs. Abbas Khan (El Camino Real) versus. Anthony Sparacio Jr. (New York)
*Two-time New York Division I 106 pounds state medal winner, Anthony Sparacio, is wrestling in his first Fargo tournament. The 106 lbs. weight class in New York’s Division I state tournament in 2015 was loaded with talented kids that at one point were ranked in the nation by Flo and Intermat.
145 lbs. Zander Wick (San Marino High) versus. Adrian Ojeda (Nevada)
*The native of Nevada holds a great wrestling resume. He is a 2014 Fargo Cadet All-American after placing fifth at 138 lbs. Other accomplishments include being a three-time Nevada Freestyle and Greco-Roman champion, and being the 2015 state champion in Nevada’s Division I state tournament.
182 lbs. Roman Romero (McNair High) versus. Tyler Crow (Missouri)
*Tyler Crow is one of those wrestlers that is more accomplished in Freestyle and Greco-Roman rather than Folk Style. In 2012, he was a Cadet Fargo All-American in the Greco-Roman division after placing eighth in the tournament at 195 lbs.
285 lbs. Jarrod Snyder (Frontier) versus. Timothy Duffy (Minnesota)
*Duffy was successful this year in becoming a Folk Style All-American after placing eighth in the tournament. Last season, he was a Minnesota Class AAA state place winner.

2015 Team California Junior Freestyle Fargo Preview

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Jul 232015
 

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Navonte Demison of Bakersfield High School (CS)
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Fargo, ND – A large contingent of California wrestlers in the junior division are ready to step on the mats of the 2015 ASICS/Vaughan Junior Nationals, located in the Fargodome on the campus of North Dakota State University to attempt and gather All-American accolades. Due to time restriction I won’t be able to go deep into details of every member of Team California. What I am going to do, is make an effort to cover our top athletes and those whom I believe could be on the bubble to be called All-American.
Best Hopes For A National Title
Many fans from the state of California anticipate that Randon Miranda can repeat the feat from last year and win this event once again. We, as well as the entire nation, know how talented and dangerous a wrestler Miranda can be on the national stage. He can be a perilous opponent on the mat if any opponent takes him lightly. Miranda’s freestyle smarts makes him our best bet in the Junior freestyle division. Another hammer from the Golden State with a lot of potential to go back home as a National Champion, is Luke Troy (San Marino High) at 152 lbs. Last year, Luke placed third in the Cadet National Tournament and is ready to win this event in the Junior division this year. His vast expertise when it comes to freestyle wrestling makes him a frontrunner to win the tournament. Servite’s Liam Cronin is a perfect example of what hard work and dedication can do to those in the sport of wrestling. Cronin is having a phenomenal year that has included placing third in the Greco-Roman portion of this tournament, as well as becoming a double All-American at UWW Nationals. It looks like Cronin is improving in every major tournament he attends. He is due to end up on the podium.
Potential All-Americans
Bakersfield High Driller Navonte Demison is an interesting wrestler that has yet to reach the medal stand in Fargo. However, he has vast experience on folkstyle national events and could become an All-American. Cal Poly recruit, Joshua Cortez will be wrestling in his final high school event tomorrow. He recognizes that a minor mistake in such a prestigious event can cost any wrestler the opportunity to be an All-American. With this being said, expect him to wrestle his style of wrestling and try to curb the tempo of each match he competes in. Another San Marino Titan who I believe can achieve All-American status in this tournament is Evan Wick. Wick is a well-rounded wrestler that is ready to achieve greatness by placing in this tournament. In 2013, he competed in the Cadet tournament where he was a match away from earning All-American status. Keep an eye on him as he could be a surprise finalist on Saturday. Former Armenian Open Cadet place winner, David Stepanyan (Birmingham High) has shown throughout his high school career that he can hang with the best in the state of California and in the country. His aggressive style of wrestling matches well with freestyle. Expect Stepanyan to accomplish his goal of being a Junior freestyle All-American this year. Cadet Greco-Roman third place finisher, Chris Ayala out of Pacifica High, will look to become a double All-American by placing in the freestyle portion of this event. On Tuesday, he achieved All-American honors when he placed sixth in the Greco-Roman tournament.
On the Bubble
The Rancho Buena Vista, Longhorn, Oscar Nellis will look to become an All-American for the second time this year in the freestyle portion of the tournament and attempt to achieve legendary status like former RBV wrestlers Ryan Halsey and Juan Mora who achieved greatness in this tournament. De La Salle High and the Concord Youth Club are having a great Fargo tournament thus far. Donovin Guerrero, Nate Cervantez, Darryl Aiello and Andrew Cervantez, should all be contenders for a Fargo medal on Friday. Nate Cervantez became an All-American on Tuesday by placing fifth in Greco-Roman. Guerrero, Aiello and A. Cervantez where a match away from joining N. Cervantez on the podium stand. Ryan Cummings looked impressive while wrestling in the Greco-Roman tournament and could be the sleeper of this tournament. Keep an eye on him as he proved on Tuesday how skillful he is in all three styles of wrestling. Two California state place winners Roman Romero (McNair High) and Jarrod Snyder (Frontier High), should be in the mix to garner All-American status. Both are grinders that will try to redeem themselves after not placing in the Greco-Roman tournament.
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Kai Middlebrook (Poway High) failed to reach All-American status last year as he went 2-2 in the tournament. An injury prevented him from keeping his varsity spot and advancing to the state tournament this past season. Middlebrook is hungry for success and ready to show the nation how great a wrestler he is if he’s injury free. Graceland University Signee, Abbas Khan (El Camino Real High) has improved greatly since his freshman season when he failed to make the varsity squad. Making a run to the All-American round would be a great way to finish his scholastic career. Bryar Edwards (Liberty High) is a former All-American from 2013 that placed in the Cadet division at 100 pounds. He will try to become an All-American once again, only this time in the Junior division. Aaron Watts (Redwood High) and Justin Hansz (Liberty High) are veterans in the national scene and have the adequate tools to place this year.